Politics

3:52pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Politics

America's war on drugs: 40 years, a trillion dollars, and debatable results

Under CC License from Thomas Marthinsen. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared drug users public enemy number one. Young, white, middle-class kids were openly using recreational drugs, and long-held stigmas about drug use were shrinking, especially in the Bay Area. Public perception typically connected drugs with protest culture and the social rebellion of the '60s and '70s. To then-president Richard Nixon, and many others, it was a sign of society coming apart at the seams.

PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: We must wage total war on what I have called public enemy number one: the problem of dangerous drugs.

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8:25am

Thu December 15, 2011
Connecting the Dots

Connecting the dots: top news stories for Thursday, December 15

The War in Iraq has come to a formal end; the flag will be lowered today. Yesterday, President Obama addressed soldiers in an aircraft hangar at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Obama said that, unlike previous empires, the United States did not invade other states for "territories or resources" but "because it is right." Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said Iraqis were glad the US troops were leaving. He told the BBC, "These have been difficult years...”

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10:36am

Wed December 14, 2011
Connecting the Dots

Connecting the dots: top news stories for Wednesday, December 14

Occupy protesters contributed to a loss of $4-8 million for the Port of Oakland last Monday after attempting to shut down shipping activity. The port generates about $8.5 million per day, and the losses could cause a ripple effect in companies around the world...

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10:59am

Tue December 13, 2011
Politics

Connecting the dots: Top stories for Tuesday, December 13

Newly-elected mayor Ed Lee wants to eliminate homelessness in San Francisco, and he says the magic number to do it is three million -- dollars, that is. $500,000 of those dollars come from a Dave Matthews Band fundraising concert in 2005...

65% of California adults support Governor Jerry Brown's  plan to raise sales and income taxes on people that earn over $250,000 a year...

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12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
City Visions: December 12, 2012

Far From Rome: On Being Gay and Catholic in the Bay Area

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

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